Digital Audio Books

Wired has this story on the next generation of talking books.\"...digital talking books, users can navigate through different pages, chapters, or even sentences. People can search for a given word, or start the audio at any given point using a special keypad.\" -- Read More

Top 10 Signs You Did Not Learn Anything In LIbrary School


This is dedicated to Blake, who I think could use a
laugh after this rough week.
You know you did not learn much in library
school is you think a MARC record is something that
once belonged in a stereo. -- Read More

Web Bugs

A Story from News.com tells the dangers of \"Web Bugs\", Web bugs are little electronic tags that help Web sites and advertisers track visitors, rather than using cookies, they use little tiny images to track you.

\"A Web bug \"is like a beacon, so that every time you hit a Web page it sends a ping or call-back to the server saying \'Hi, this is who I am and this is where I am,\'\" said Craig Nathan\" -- Read More

Wasting money on Potter?

Brian Smith writes \"Chicago Tribune columnist Eric Zorn plays the role of wet-blanket grump and asks whether the money libraries are spending on multiple copies of Goblet of Fire would have gone to better use buying a bunch of other books.
Story at The Chicago Tribune

Also in today\'s Tribune, a letter-writing muggle repeats the dumb-ass warning that Potter=Wicca=danger.

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All Computers Filtered Except One

The St. Petersburg Times has this article on a decision in a library to filter all computers but one. There might as well be a sign over the one unfiltered terminal that reads View Porn Here!!.\"It\'s censorship -- it\'s bald-faced censorship -- and that is what the First Amendment is supposed to protect us from,\" said Joe Redner, a nude-nightclub owner and county commission candidate.\" -- Read More

E-Rate a Success

It looks like filling out all of those E-rate forms has paid off. Computer User has this article on a report by the Education and Library Networks Coalition.\"The report released today by EDLINC is another confirmation that the E-rate program is a very powerful tool in leveling the playing field for everyone in our country, regardless of economic or geographic background,\" FCC Chairman William Kennard said in a statement released today.\" -- Read More

Harry Gets Patrons Excited

There are about a million Harry Potter stories buzzing aroung the net news sources now. This One from The Orlando Sentinel has a stronger library angle than most.

\"As librarians, this has us excited,\" said Nancy Gear of the Deltona branch. \"If kids read this book, and they see that they like books, we can get them to read other books. It`s that simple. But you have to get them to want to read.\" -- Read More

Library rejects censorship software

Normally when I find a story on filtering the title isn\'t quite as heroic as this one. This one, however, is different. The entire article reads as if it came from the ALA OIF.

\"You can find censorship at the Hayward Library, but only information about it in books, magazines and Internet files.

As a policy, the library has been fighting censorship for 37 years.

Library commissioners reaffirmed the principle of free access to information last week as they decided not to install filtering software on library computers. -- Read More

New site for web weaving librarians

Kathy Leeds writes in about Innovative Internet Applications in Libraries.

Intended primarily for the library community, Innovative Internet Applications in Libraries is a sampling of new and interesting uses of the Web by public, corporate, academic, and school libraries. The project (begun in 1995 by Ken Middleton) has sought to provide best practice models of both traditional and non-traditional library service provision using Internet technology.

Suggestions for new links are welcomed in categories from interactive readers advisory to personalized interfaces to virtual reference and local database creation and access. Innovations may involve either form or content or both.
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Free Harry Potter!

Excite news carried this editorial about the censoring of Harry Potter\"When libraries, courts and schools like those in Zeeland place a ban or restriction on a book because a few parents disapprove of its theme, it stifles a child\'s learning opportunity and places a restriction on the selection of works children are able to chose and learn from. Harry Potter.\" -- Read More

Serving Diverse Population

Here is an interesting column out of Excite news. I agree with the topic, but check out the first paragraph...Is it me or does this make no sense at all?\"Widespread use of the Internet in educational applications has made the public library all but obsolete. Although the Internet is accessible virtually everywhere, there is a problem with relying solely on cyberspace to educate the masses.\"If Public Libraries cease to exist, who will help in \"educating the masses\"? -- Read More

The Fastest Librarian on Earth

The Story from Wayne State U Campus News, entitled \"What\'s that stereotypical image of librarians?\" shows us that not all librarians are little old ladies with cats (OK, so most of us are, but not all!)

\"Race car driving women are rare, but rarer still are female national champions in ProRally racing -- a closed-road sport sponsored by the SportsCar Club of America.

Cindy Krolikowski, interim assistant director of Purdy/Kresge Library, and adjunct professor of collection development in WSU\'s Library and Information Science Program, is both. -- Read More

Project Gutenberg a tuff read

The Seattle Times has a Story on Project Gutenberg. Project Gutenberg. is the online book project that hopes to have 10,000 books in the collection by next year. All the books are public domain, so you\'ll find older stuff from Charles Dickens, William Shakespeare, Thomas Hardy, Feodor Dostoyevsky, etc...

\"All of this is nice, but none of this information answers the most glaring question: Why would anyone want to read a 300- to 500-page book on a computer screen? Would you? -- Read More

Plain English on Data Quality

DM Review has a Story on a survey to see what business has learned from the enormous expenditures organizations made to \"fix\" the Y2K data design defect. Guess what? Nothing.

\"The fact of the matter is that 62 percent of information professionals believe that their organization and others have not learned important lessons from their Y2K experiences and have not changed their data design processes. -- Read More

National Library of Lebanon

A Story on the new National Library in Lebanon. The newly reconstructed library will contain 250,000 books, reconstruction of the National Museum cost $5 million. The first library was damaged during the civil war.

“Without a National Library, a cultural pillar, Lebanon will lose the intellectual heritage that we’re so proud of,”, said Youssef Beydoun, Education Minister -- Read More

Open Source Text Update

Matthew Lesesky Writes: <BR>
An update as to what is happening at OpenMind.
We have signed up some more content and profs how are interested
in using our system. We are actively recruiting others who may be
interested. It would be great to get leads from some of your
readers - they can email Scott Deluca - sdeluca@ompg.com. We are also
almost settled on a technology - metatext or versaware. Also, we
have brought on a biz dev hire and a editor.

Please let your readers know that we need their help, about our
progress, and please point them to our websites at ompg.com and opentextproject.org.

Who wants to hug a millionaire?

The Charlotte Observer has this article about a $500,000 donation to build a new library. Do you think they should keep it, or go for the million?\"Self-made Union County millionaire Carroll Edwards, 63, has pledged $500,000 toward a new library, replacing a smaller one in his hometown of Marshville, population 2,757. The contribution apparently is one of the largest cash donations by an individual to a public library in the Charlotte region.\" -- Read More

Goldberg biography will stay on shelf

Story sent in by Bob Cox from
JSOnline on
the Muskego-Norway WI School Board vote on a
Whoopi Goldberg biography containing racial epithets
.

\"In an emotionally charged two-hour hearing
Monday night, parents Richard and Beth Kania and
their supporters delivered impassioned pleas to
School Board members, asking them to remove the
unauthorized biography the Kanias had described as
\"enough to ruin the innocence of any 14-year-old.\" -- Read More

Library arrests are overdue

Put your library card on the desk and put your hands in the air. You are being arrested because you owe us money for overdue materials. Book \'em!! From detnews.com\"-- Renee Jones is one of three Warren women in serious trouble with the law over delinquent Center Line Library materials.
For the first time, Center Line police say they\'ll arrest patrons such as Jones who don\'t respond to repeated attempts to return materials.\" -- Read More

Ebook reading in libraries

Millard F. Johnson wrote on the future of ebooks in libraries:


This is my \"blue sky\" vision. First remember things change quickly -- so
all answers are right if you specify the date correctly, and all answers
are wrong at any other date.

But, I think you will see the same pattern for Ebooks that we have
witnessed with electronic databases and full text of journal articles. -- Read More

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